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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Aug 28, 2009 5:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beg your indulgence...

I used to like the way the Dead played NFA - in '70, '71, like on Skull and Roses, and the version they did on New Years Eve '78 with John Cipollina, watching that on TV that nite was a treat...
but soon after that I got hold of an old Brunswick single by the Crickets, as well as an old 45 by The Stones doing NFA...

and then I heard the essence of the song, stripped down to it's bare bones...
no frills, no drum solos, no extented solos, no medly...

just pure rock and roll, in Bo Diddley beat with a rockabilly snarl.

And I found out what CAN be done in 3 minutes...
brevity is sometimes the art of rock.


But, I'm glad whirlwind dreamer, like me, likes primitive swirling Grateful Dead at their punky funky '66 best...

To be sure they got so much more sophisticated and adept with their sound...

so I'd never say they were at their peak in '66 - that's not even funny.

But I do have a taste for that raw rough unpolished wham bam slam bang roots of the evolved Grateful Dead we've come to accept as the real deal.

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2009-08-29 00:47:16

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 28, 2009 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beg your indulgence...

yep, that's what I think it is...

another related example (Stones) is the song Tumbling Dice. I really like Ronstadt, but when you hear Mick do that, his voice just fits perfectly, and hers doesn't work as well.

another would be Jolene...Dolly is fantastic, but I like Jack White a bit better.

these latter songs are examples of what I was getting at in which the "singing" is the key, and it can really depend on who you like, etc., as to who you think does it best.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 28, 2009 5:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beg your indulgence...

that's ok - i prefer well alright by buddy over blind faith.

Rave on!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y9gb3NUGkk

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 28, 2009 5:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beg your indulgence...

tru dat. though it pains a bit to say it.

but, the best cover of a Holly tune, IMHO is Humble Pie doing Heartbeat.

that one is amazing.

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